Zimmerman to turn over command to Pappas today

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 16:32 PM.

He said big military construction projects were nice, but he’s most proud of the people with whom he has worked.

"They’ve been under stress for the last year or two years with the hiring freezes and the sequestration, the continuing resolutions, but they’ve been able to keep going, act professional, get their jobs done and really care about what they do, and they do care about what they do," Zimmerman said. "Two of the things I’m particularly proud of are our response to Hurricane Irene and getting the airfield back up, and then the 2012 air show, which was done very safely and flawlessly. Everybody got home safe and it was a nice three-day weekend for Eastern North Carolina."

Zimmerman’s new assignment will be as officer in charge of Marine Corps Activities in Guam, where he will help coordinate movement of forces.

Zimmerman grew up in Colorado, but in his 26-year Marine Corps career, he has been to Japan, Italy, Iraq and Afghanistan. It will be his first time to Guam.

"I’ll also be taking advantage of my leave and getting out to see Australia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and all the countries around there," he said.

He’ll always remember Havelock, though.

"I’ve never seen more support in a community, and everything they have done for me and for the Marines and their welcoming and somewhat laidback attitude makes this a very special place," he said. "It makes it very easy for the air station commander to get things done."



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